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JOIN's Jennie Sparandara

JOIN's big announcement should be a "Win-Win" for the Philadelphia region

At a recent event, the Job Opportunity Investment Network announced an ambitious grant program to promote innovation in the workforce development space.

The A. J. Drexel Plasma Institute

Drexel leads the charge in an exciting new field

Plasma could have groundbreaking applications in energy, health care and technology -- and some of the most promising research and commercialization efforts are coming out of PA.

Dick Zhang, founder and CEO of Identified Technologies

5 for 5: PA companies looking beyond the bottom line

Whether they're disrupting summer reading, crafting a heat-producing window or inventing novel ways to save ink, these five ascendent entrepreneurs are growing their businesses, while also keeping an eye on their social impact.

Wash Cycle Laundry has an innovative hiring policy

Worked Up: Employing a holistic approach to hiring

The current labor market requires innovation, creativity and commitment -- not only to finding the best workers, but to cultivating them. Meet two Philadelphia companies committed to rethinking how they train and hire.


Day-tripping on the Doylestown/Lansdale line

Many of Philadelphia's inner-ring suburbs are recapturing that Main Street magic -- their resurgent downtown districts feature cool bars, creative dining and plenty of charm. To explore, all you need is a SEPTA ticket and an open mind.

Building WindStax wind generators

Check out the revolutionary green products coming out of the Commonwealth

Whether they're solving an energy-efficiency problem, democratizing wind power or developing mobile solar solutions, these PA entrepreneurs are turning sustainability into success.

3711 Melon Street in Mantua

You are cordially invited to a Funeral for a Home

In an effort to memorialize the many thousands of homes that have been demolished in Philadelphia, Temple Contemporary is hosting a 'Funeral for a Home' in the city's Mantua neighborhood.

William Penn High School

What's Next for William Penn High School?

In North Philadelphia, a valuable neighborhood institution is caught between community interests and an ascendent university. What will be the fate of this shuttered school?

Pitch Day at Villanova University

In higher ed, it's all about fresh thinking for a shifting economy

Colleges and universities across Pennsylvania are developing innovative ways to foster entrepreneurship and cultivate the next generation of startup leaders.

A big game of Jenga at Five Points Alley in Cincy

National Skyline: Urban alleys become pathways to revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C. to Philadelphia, forgotten alleys are being reinvented, moving beyond garbage and garages to become havens for pedestrians, public art and small businesses.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Here comes Spruce Street Harbor Park, another mind-blowing installation on the Delaware

For two months this summer, Philadelphia's Penn's Landing Marina will be transformed into the Spruce Street Harbor Park, an installation featuring a boardwalk, pop-up restaurant and more.

An Art All Night exhibit celebrating Yayoi Kusama

Across the state, artists help rebuild and unify up-and-coming neighborhoods

In an effort to upend gentrification and boost struggling areas, community groups and artists are banding together to throw blockbuster events and push creative development strategies.

Germantown High School was built in 1914

What's next for Philadelphia's Germantown High School?

This century-old neighborhood institution closed its doors last year. As with other schools shuttered by the District, its future is in limbo. Could it become a vocational school? A community space? A mixed-use hub? Time will tell.

Lancaster Avenue in Mantua

What does it mean to be a Promise Zone?

An area of West Philadelphia earns a prestigious national designation, but according to stakeholders and residents, this decree from President Obama is actually a symbol of the changes already underway.
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